Department of Medicine

The HSR Center supports health services research studies that aim to enhance, improve, and revise healthcare systems so that they can perform at the highest quality, value, and deliver the best patient outcomes. The program aims to not only have an impact on Emory University and Emory Healthcare's missions, but to also create a paradigm for clinical/research institutions nationwide.

HSR Seminar Series

"Aligning Public Policy and Public Preferences for Health Information Sharing and Use"

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 2:00PM. Register here.


Jodyn Platt, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Medicine

Dr. Platt is trained in medical sociology and health policy. Her research currently addresses the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of learning health systems and related enterprises. She is interested in understanding what engenders trust in learning health systems and the pathways for earning, achieving, and sustaining trust.

Additional Events & Opportunities

Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference. This multi-day conference will feature talks from top researchers across the region, dynamic poster sessions, breakout sessions on hot topics such as health equity, infectious disease, and health services, and multiple opportunities for networking at Callway Resort & Gardens. The keynote speaker is Joni L. Rutter, PhD, Acting Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health. Registration is $75 per person ($35 for trainees). March 3 – March 4, 2021. More information and registration here.

HSR Center Faculty Spotlight

Raymond J. Lynch, MD

Dr. Lynch is an associate professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine. He also serves as director of public policy and community relations for the Emory Transplant Center. He specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary diseases and malignancies.

Dr. Lynch's academic and research interests include resource utilization and outcomes analysis in transplantation, and he is dedicated to improving the distribution of grafts to patients with organ failure. He has studied novel clinical predictors of survival and resource utilization, and defined subgroups of patients with end-stage liver disease that experience excess mortality and reduced access to donor organs. He applies this knowledge to advocating for fairer organ distribution policies.

He is a known advocate for patients with end stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (ESLD/HCC) who live in poor, rural, and remote communities and experience what he believes to be great disparities in liver transplant access.

Dr. Lynch's School of Medicine Profile

HSR Center Spotlight: John Sweeney

HSR-Related News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that molnupiravir, an oral antiviral drug invented by scientists at Emory University, has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for treatment of COVID-19. Emory has discovered and advanced some of the world’s most important and valuable drugs such as belatacept for kidney transplants, Obizur for hemophilia, and Emtriva for HIV.

Rachel Patzer, PhD, director of the Health Services Research Center, and Igho Ofotokun, MD, professor of medicine, are two of the principal investigators leading the Atlanta hub for a nationwide study to identify why some people have prolonged symptoms (long COVID) or develop new or returning symptoms after an acute bout of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Emory University attracted record support for its research, receiving $894.7 million in fiscal year 2021 for tackling the challenges of our time. Investigators won grants for developing and evaluating COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments; exploring new frontiers of the mind; addressing climate change; and advancing ideas and solutions to end health disparities and promote racial and social justice.

The Emory Brain Health Center has launched its PEACE (Perinatal Psychiatry, Education and Community Engagement) for Moms program, which supports the mental health of Georgia women before and after childbirth. The program provides expert consultation and education to physicians, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.

Recent Emory HSR Publications

Contact Us

Rachel Patzer, PhD
Director, Emory Health Services Research Center

Larissa Teunis, MPA
Program Manager, Emory Health Services Research Center

HSRC Email
Mailing Address:
Health Services Research Center
Emory University School of Medicine
101 Woodruff Circle, 5034 WMB
Mailstop 1930 / 001 / AD
Atlanta, GA 30322